Free Film Screening: Stolen Education - Oct.4th

First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival
Stolen Education
October 4th, 2016 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Stolen Education

This film documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950s and changed the face of education in the Southwest. As a 9 year-old second grader, Lupe had been forced to remain in the first grade for three years, not because of her academic performance but solely because she was Mexican American. She was one of eight young students who testified in a federal court case in 1956 to end the discriminatory practice (Hernandez et al. v. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District), one of the first post-Brown desegregation courtcases to be litigated. Degraded for speaking Spanish and dissuaded from achieving academically, Mexican American students were relegated to a “beginner,” “low,” and then “high” first grade – a practice that was not uncommon across the Southwest. School officials argued in the case that this practice was necessary because the "retardation of Latin children" would adversely impact the education of White children. The film portrays the courage of these young people, testifying in an era when fear and intimidation were used to maintain racial hierarchy and control. The students won the case, but for almost  sixty years the case was never spoken about in the farming community where they lived despite its significance.
In June, the First Tuesday Film Festival will be taking on the gun violence debate. We'll be screening Gunned Down as well as a couple of additional short videos. Followed by, we suspect, some seriously intense discussion.

In Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, FRONTLINE goes inside the politics of America's gun debate and investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America. Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Gunned Down examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn't acted. - See more at:
This screening is being co-sponsored by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center
The First Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff hosts free screenings of socially relevant films followed by a (usually intense) discussion of actions we can take. UUCOC, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas Texas 75233 214.337.2429